A Natural, Healthy Way to Cook: Using a Romertopf

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Romertopf Cooking

 

I am always looking for healthier ways to prepare and cook food. I avoid salt, sugars, processed foods and unhealthy FATS. But how can we avoid fats when cooking meats? Don’t we need some fat?

Not necessarily.

With the Romertopf we can bake whole meals in a completely healthy, natural way, using just steam and natural juices. And what’s even better: It tastes great!

A Romertopf is a baking dish made entirely of clay. These clay bakers originated in Germany and were introduced to the International market in 1967.  Originally they were completely unglazed. More recently, partially glazed bakers are becoming popular for the ease of cleaning. Clay Bakers can be purchased in different sizes to fit anyone’s need. Small to large, they all work the same way with the same healthy, natural, delicious results . Romertopf

Start out by soaking your clay baker. Completely submerse it in water for 20 minutes. The clay needs to absorb water. While the clay baker is soaking, prepare your food. When you’re ready, remove the clay cooker from the water and fill it with the ingredients called for in your recipe:

You can add vegetables and/or meat or fruit as you desire. Place the clay pot into a cold oven and set the temperature as the recipe calls for. After the required cooking time your meat and vegetables will be moist and delicious, perfectly cooked without even an ounce of fat.

Over time I will add my favorite Recipes here to share with you. So stay tuned.

Tomorrow I will add a segment about how to take care of your Romertopf / Clay Baker.

RECIPES

Baked Chicken Thighs and Vegetables

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4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs

Simple Spice Rub (Recipe below)

Vegetables you like

I used:

1/2 Red Onion, sliced

2 Green onions, sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper

2 Stalks of Celery

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You could also use  potatoes and/or carrots.

My aim was to keep this recipe low-carb, so this time I did not add potatoes and carrots. But if you like them, by all means, add them.

I also added several sprigs of Lovage (my favorite herb. I will blog about this later). If you do not have lovage, you could add Parsley or Rosemary, Thyme or Garlic, or you can just skip herbs.

This is about what YOU like to eat. If you don’t like something, feel free to leave it out and add things you like.

 

Simple Spice Rub

1 Tbsp Paprika

1 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Curry

Pinch of Sea Salt

1 tsp Pepper

Mix up the ingredients and set aside.

Soak the Clay Cooker for 20 minutes or more. Wash and cut your vegetables and layer the bottom of the Clay Cooker with veggies. Sprinkle with a pinch of Sea Salt (optional) and a little Black Pepper (optional).

Rub Simple Spice Rub on chicken thighs and place thighs on top of your veggies in the Clay Cooker (Romertopf). Take lid from water, dab dry and set on top, closing the pot.

Place into cold oven. Turn oven to 425 degrees F and bake undisturbed for 60 minutes.

When you take it out, make sure you remove the lid with the opening facing away from you. You want the steam escaping away from you.

Your dinner is done: healthy, delicious and lower calorie than conventional cooking methods.

 

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